Avalanche Win the Draft Lottery. Will Pick 1st Overall in 2013

Bruce Bennett

The Avalanche have won the 2013 NHL Draft Lottery and will have the first overall pick this summer.

The results of this evenings draft lottery are in and the Colorado Avalanche will be picking 1st overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Of course it's impossible to predict exactly who the Avalanche will select with the 1st pick, but the current team is likely playing the odds in Vegas that it will be defensman Seth Jones who has emerged as a consensus #1 in this years draft. We'll break down all three players over the summer, but here are Bob McKenzie's Top 10 and a quick look at the raw numbers for the top three:

Bob McKenzies Top 10:

1. Seth Jones

2. Nate MacKinnon

3. Jonathan Drouin

4. Aleksander Barkov

5. Valeri Nichushkin

6. Elias Lindholm

7. Sean Monahan

8. Rasmus Ristolainen

9. Nikita Zadorov

10. Darnell Nurse / Hunter Shinkaruk

Seth Jones

Defense, 6'4", 206 lbs, WHL Portland Winterhawks

October 3, 1994 (18) Plano, TX, USA

Season Team Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
2010-2011 USNTDP 28 1 13 14
20
2011-2012 USNTDP 20 4 8 12 6
2012-2013 Winterhawks 61 14 42 56 46 33
2013 Playoffs Winterhawks 15 5 8 13 11 4

Nathan MacKinnon

Center, 5'11", 179 lbs, QMKHL Halifax Mooseheads

September 1, 1995 (17) Halifax, NS, CAN

Season Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
2011-2012 58 31 47 78 11 45
2012-2013 44 32 43 75 40 45
Career Regular Season 102 63 90 153 51 90
2012 Playoffs 17 13 15 28 12 12
2013 Playoffs 12 9 19 28 15 6
Career Playoffs 29 22 34 56 27 18

Jonathan Drouin

Left Wing, 5'11", 185 lbs, QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads

March 27, 1995 (18) Saint-Agathe, QC, CAN

Season Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
2011-2012 33 7 22 29 -5 12
2012-2013 49 41 64 105 48 32
Career Regular Season 82 48 86 134 43 44
2012 Playoffs 17 9 17 26 6 4
2013 Playoffs 12 10 18 28 18 4
Career Playoffs 29 19 35 54 24 8

With the first overall pick, the Colorado Avalanche will likely select Seth Jones who, is a consensus number one pick amongst most analysts. If Jones lives up to the hype he could fill a serious hole in the Avalanche organization and give them a versatile top pairing defenceman for years to come. Whether Jones is the pick or not, the Avalanche will be able to control their destiny this summer and continue the rebuild with whichever of the top three players they feel will make the biggest impact on the Avalanche moving forward.

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